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Scammers target JEA customers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A phishing scam targeting JEA customers on the First Coast is on the rise this week.

According to JEA, scammers are calling people to say their service will be disconnected unless they purchase a Moneypak card. 

The phone caller then asks for the number for the card. 

There has been an increase in the last week in the scam calls, according to JEA. 

In an email to First Coast News a JEA spokesperson wrote:

JEA will notify customers should their service be at risk for disconnect for non pay via their bill, letter and automated call. JEA will take payments via website, phone, at the main office, tax collector office, Winn-Dixie or any of the JEA-approved stores found on jea.com.


Anyone who receives a call is asked to report the incident to JEA. 

Drop box thefts leave renters worried about eviction

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a string of drop box thefts in rental communities, more than 30 cases, and is now warning landlords and tenants to stop using their drop boxes.

The advice comes too late for Derrall Wilcox. She lives in Casa Del Rio apartment community.

"In August, I paid my rent using the drop box so it wouldn't be late," said Wilcox.

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Wilcox said she's never been late and wanted to avoid the $65 fee, but now she has a bigger problem. The two money orders used to pay her August rent were stolen from the apartment drop box.

"This is not my responsibility. I did what I was supposed to do," she said.

Two teens accused of raping 15-year-old

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police arrest two juveniles accused of luring a 15-year-old girl to an alley and raping her. The 17-year-old's are being charged with adult sexual battery felonies.

It was around 10 p.m. on October 9 when police say a 15-year-old girl was led to an alley with only one way in the back of Cambridge Park Apartments off University Blvd. in Arlington. A police report says Kevin Riley Johnny Turner, both 17, told the victim they were going to "have some fun and drink and smoke with her." When she said 'no' things took a turn for the worse.

Police say the victim fell after stepping in an open utility box and as she tried to get up she was pushed back on the ground and held down. A third male joined the group and police say the three took turns raping her. The report says she was screaming but they 'covered her mouth with their hands.'

Teens charged in shooting death of teen mom

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two teens face felony charges following the shooting death of a teen mother.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to reports of two people who shot in the 5800 block of Edenfield Road October 17, according to a police report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Kamilah La'Star Urita, 18, was found shot to death in the front passenger seat of her car. Liston Georges III was found with life-threatening injuries in the driver's seat and transported to UF Health Jacksonville. The couple's 10-month-old son was in the back seat of the car at the time of the shooting and was not harmed.

The alleged shooter was identified in an investigation as 19-year-old Sayton Adair Waller. 

Waller was allegedly driven to the scene by 19-year-old Herode Jospeh, who blocked the couple with his car from leaving the Charter Landing Apartments, according to JSO Assistant Chief of Investigations Chris Butler.

Arlington neighborhood relieved after home invasion robbery arrest

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An Arlington neighborhood is relieved after learning the third suspect in a deadly home invasion was arrested.

In June, a homeowner shot multiple suspects allegedly trying to rob him inside his home. Two of the suspects died, and until now, one was on the loose.

"About 7:30 in the morning I get a call from one of my employees saying 'Dr. Wilson there's a body in the parking lot'," said Dr. Matthew Wilson.

One suspect died at the scene and the next morning a second was found dead in front of a dumpster at Monument Road Animal Hospital. The third suspect, 24-year-old Antonio Joshua Lenton, was arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop by Florida Highway Patrol. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had an active warrant out for Lenton on two counts of murder and home invasion robbery. 

Concern grows over delays caused by Mathews closure

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- While the work continues on the Mathews Bridge, commuters said the delays caused by the closure aren't just impacting their schedule, but costing them money.

Andrew Townsend works for a local landscaping business. He said since the closure, the time it takes to get around the city from job to job has increased in a big way.

"It's frustrating," he said.

The Florida Department of Transportation said the company contracted to to fix the bridge, Superior Construction, is making progress when it comes to repairs -- and they are on schedule. That's good news for Townsend.

"Time is money with lawn service work," he said.

Two shot in Arlington, details unclear

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An early morning shooting in Arlington sent two to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The shooting is believed to have occurred in an apartment in the Arlington Village apartments in the 1000 block of Bert Road according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Det. Jeff Overholser.

A male and female were shot during the incident and both were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. 

The female victim was transported to Memorial Hospital Jacksonville. It is unknown at this time where the male victim was transported.

According to Det. Overholser, the male victim claims the shooting occurred in the street. 

Detectives are looking into what, if any, connection the two victims have. 

Police are also looking for a specific individual who leases in Arlington Village apartment complex who may have information on the shooting.